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Mariners, Kyle Seager reach agreement on $100 million extension
by Igor Mello |

The Mariners and third baseman Kyle Seager have reached an agreement on a seven-year extension worth approximately $100 million, Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports. The deal will include an eight-year option, per the report.

Seager, 23, posted career highs in home runs (25), RBI (96), batting average (.268), slugging percentage (.454) and OPS (.788) in 2014. He has a .262/.328/.429 slash through his first four seasons in the majors.

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Report: Braves among teams showing interest in David Ross
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Braves are among the teams that have expressed interest in veteran catcher David Ross, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Ross played for Atlanta from 2009-2012.

Ross, who is a 13-year MLB veteran, hit .184 with seven home runs and 15 RBI in 50 games last season for Boston.

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Report: Marlins have discussed Eovaldi-Miley trade
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Marlins, who are seeking a veteran starting pitcher, have discussed trading starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi or a pitching prospect to the Diamondbacks for starting pitcher Wade Miley, according The Miami Herald.

Eovaldi was 6-14 with a 4.37 ERA in 33 starts last season, while Miley went 8-12 with a 4.34 ERA in 33 starts. Both players have four years of MLB experience.

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Twins, Torii Hunter have 'common interest'
by Michael Hurcomb |

Veteran outfielder Torii Hunter said Saturday he favors the Twins in free agency and he could make a decision soon about which team he signs with, according to the Pioneer Press.

"(Twins general manager) Terry Ryan and I have talked several times, and there's definitely a common interest there, for sure," Hunter said.

The Twins drafted Hunter in the first round of the 1993 draft. He appeared in games for Minnesota from 1997-2007 before playing for the Angels and Tigers. 

"I would come over to win," he said of his reasons for potentially returning to Minnesota. "All that stuff everybody talks about, 'a great guy in the clubhouse,' that's extra -- that's not No. 1. The No. 1 thing is look at my numbers. They're still the same, one of the most consistent hitters in baseball over my career.

"But sometimes I guess my character and clubhouse presence and just that fire that I have, I think, overshadows a lot. But no matter what, if I didn't put up those numbers, I don't care what kind of personality or drive you have, not many people are going to want you. The only reason you're going to want me is because of my play."

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Report: Melky Cabrera could be 'fallback option' for Orioles
by Michael Hurcomb |

Free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera could be a "fallback option" for the Orioles, if Baltimore doesn't re-sign outfielder Nick Markakis, multiple sources told He is on the Orioles' radar and the team has discussed signing him.

Cabrera has been previously linked to the Blue Jays, White Sox and Royals this offseason.

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Report: Elvis Andrus least likely Rangers shortstop to be traded
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Rangers remain open to trading any shortstop in their organization in the right deal, but it appears starting shortstop Elvis Andrus is the least likely to be dealt, according to FOX Sports. The Rangers believe Andrus could be headed for a big season in 2015 after a bit of a down year in 2014.

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Report: Rangers, Astros have inquired about Justin Upton
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Rangers have inquired about Braves outfielder Justin Upton, according to FOX Sports. The New York Post reported over the weekend the Astros have also inquired about Upton.

According to FOX Sports, the Rangers have shown interest in Upton in the past, but their current offseason focus is more on pitching.

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Report: Rusney Castillo (thumb) will play in winter ball
by Michael Hurcomb |

Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo, who had his stint in the Arizona Fall League end early due to a bruised thumb, is slated to resume playing in the Puerto Rican winter league, according to Rusney will head down to Puerto Rico on Friday and hopes to play in his first game Dec. 2.

The plan is for Castillo to play get close to 100 at-bats in Puerto Rico, while playing in right and center field.

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Report: Giants have shown interest in Jon Lester
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Giants could be in play to sign a starting pitcher this offseason, a source told FOX Sports. San Francisco has shown interest in free agent pitcher Jon Lester.

Lester has already met with the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves.

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Hanley Ramirez close to deal with Red Sox
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Red Sox are close to a deal with free agent Hanley Ramirez, sources told Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. FOX Sports reports Ramirez is traveling to Boston to finalize the deal.

With the Red Sox also agreeing to a deal with third baseman Pablo Sandoval and shortstop Xander Boagerts still on the roster, Ramirez has said he is willing to play other positions, with left field a possibility.

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